Altra Men’s Superior 3.5 Running Shoes

$179.00

RRP: $209.95

The Altra Superior 3.5 is a lightweight and versatile trail running shoe. With sticky traction and improved durability, the shoe is a dependable option for tackling loose and rocky terrain. The Altra Superior 3.5 Running Shoes are updated this year with even more durability added in the flexible upper and with a brand new feature called the 4-point Gaiter Trap. The Gaiter Trap puts a barrier between you and the elements, sealing our painful debris, sand, and dirt.

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Altra Men’s Superior 3.5 Running Shoes

The award-winning Superior just keeps on getting better! The 3.0 version was such a hit that we updated the upper to make it even more durable. Freshen up your shoe collection and keep enjoying this fast, trail dominating style. The Superior 3.5 was designed to go fast on the trail. It is lightweight, grippy and durable. The combination of a grippy outsole, durable upper and lightweight cushion gives you the perfect trail speedster. While the DuraTread™ outsole, TrailClaw™ grip and GaiterTrap™ makes this shoe durable and secure.

Superior 3.5 Features:

FootShape™ Toe BoxFOOTSHAPE™ TOE BOX Altra’s FootShape™ Toe Box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position for maxium stability and power.
Zero Drop™ PlatformZERO DROP™ PLATFORM Every Altra shoe features a Zero Drop™ Platform that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground for natural alignment and a low-impact landing.
4-Point GaiterTrap™4-POINT GAITERTRAP™ An innovative hook-and-loop tab that secures your gaiters to your trail shoe to keep dirt and debris out.
DuraTread™ DURATREAD™ Durable outsole rubber made to last long and offer great grip on both tame and technical terrain.
StoneGuard™STONEGUARD™ Sandwiched between the A-Bound and EVA midsole, the StoneGuard offers flexible protection from rugged terrain by deflecting rocks into the midsole for a smooth, stable ride.
TrailClaw™TRAILCLAW™ Canted lugs positioned strategically beneath the metatarsals to provide traction at toe off.

Altra Shoe Technology

FootShape™ Toe Box Transition

Wearing a shoe with a FootShape™ toe box is a whole new experience! It should not feel like a traditional shoe and will likely feel too loose in the forefoot at first. We recommend fitting your shoes with a thumbnail’s width (about 2/3″) between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This may be more room than you are used to, but giving this room will allow your feet to be more relaxed and powerful. If the fit is correct, the shoes will likely feel “too big” around your toes, while being secure from the ball of your foot back through the heel. Most people get used to this feeling in a few hours to a few days. Proper toe box fitting can help eliminate black toenails, blisters, and foot fatigue.

FootShape™ Toe Box Challenge

Once you’ve completely and safely transitioned to the Zero Drop™ platform, you’re ready for the FootShape™ toe box challenge. For 30 days, wear only your Altras and lifestyle shoes with a FootShape™ toe box. This will allow your toes to relax, spread out and become stronger in a natural position.

The FootShape™ toe box challenge allows the feet to regain their natural shape and function. Most people’s feet unfortunately start to look like the shoes they wear, tapering at the toes rather than continuing to splay. This change in foot shape is similar to Chinese foot binding, and it robs the feet of their natural ability to stabilize and push off the ground powerfully. Additionally, feet shaped from tapered shoes are more prone to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuromas, and nerve pain.

After taking the challenge, you will feel just how much tapered toe boxes have restricted your movement, bound your feet, and robbed them of comfort, power, and stability.

To enhance the experience, Correct Toes can be worn inside your Altra shoes and can help your feet regain their natural shape. They are also helpful in reversing the effects of bunions, plantar fasciitis, and other foot and leg problems. For optimum foot health, Altra recommends wearing only shoes with a FootShape™ toe box at all times possible.

FootShaped™ Design

Embrace The Space

Traditional running shoes feature pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes out of their natural position –increasing risk of bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. Altra’s FootShape™ toe box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position. This enhances stability and creates a powerful toe-off to maximize running performance. We wish we could call it some scientific breakthrough, but we’re simply giving your foot the working space it needs.

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Benefits:

  • Keeps big toe straight for greater stability and a more powerful toe-off
  • Allows toes to relax and spread out naturally
  • Allows foot to naturally stabilize excess pronation

Replicating Perfection

The human foot is an anatomical masterpiece. It’s designed for stability, speed, and to get you from point A to point B. At Altra, we choose not to mess with perfection and simply let your foot do its thing. Every Altra shoe features a last that has been molded around the healthy position of a human foot. A shoe last is a 360-degree model of a foot used to create the shoe’s heel, instep, and toe box dimensions. Unlike other shoe companies that alter the last to make the shoe look more sleek and fast, we’ve chosen to let your foot decide the shape of the shoe.

Zero Drop™

Every Altra running shoe features a fully cushioned Zero Drop™ platform that places the heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground. This natural balance aligns the feet, back and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels.

Benefits:

  • Heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground
  • Promotes proper form to reduce initial impact by 3–5 times
  • Natural Achilles loading for better propulsion
  • 1-to-1 ratio naturally aligns feet, back and body posture
  • Encourages better running technique
  • Weight-balanced from front to back

Not Like the Others–For Good Reason

Altra’s complete line of Zero Drop™ footwear separates us from most running shoe companies that feature shoes with elevated heels. Running in elevated heels removes the foot from its natural position and encourages high-impact over striding.

Innovation at 300°

After countless customers entered his family running store complaining of pain and injury, Altra founder Golden Harper felt compelled to develop a solution. His college research on running injuries, combined with video analysis of running technique, made it easy to see that the design of traditional running shoes promoted poor form and excessive impact.

Using a toaster oven, he began to melt the outsoles of customers’ shoes and carve out unnecessary heel cushioning. It was ugly, but it worked! Harper coined the term “Zero Drop™” to describe the level cushioning and perfect weight balance from heel to forefoot.

Runners immediately felt the difference. It was their results and running success that fueled the creation of Altra Running.

Fully Cushioned

Altra Running is the only running shoe company to provide a complete line of fully cushioned Zero Drop™ running shoes. Our lightweight blend of EVA and A-Bound™ cushioning runs evenly from heel to toe and is weight balanced from front to back to encourage proper low-impact running technique.

Gender Specific

Women’s feet are anatomically different than men’s feet. Women have a narrower heel and midfoot, higher instep, longer arch and unique metatarsal spacing. While this has always been a fact of life, traditional running shoe companies have opted to make male and female shoe models virtually identical for years.

Altra is the first shoe company to introduce an entire line of truly female specific shoes. Every last of Altra women’s running shoes has been molded around the unique shape of the female foot. A shoe last is a 360-degree model of a foot used to create the shoe’s heel, instep, arch and toe box dimensions.

Female specific design combined with a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box allows a woman’s foot to remain in a natural, relaxed position throughout her run.

Know Your Shoe

A-Bound™

Environmentally friendly, this energy-return compound is made of recycled materials. Offering extra protection, this unique layer sits directly under the foot to return energy back into each stride. It reduces the impact of hard surfaces while still maintaining ground feedback. Traditional running shoe foam compresses 70-90% while A-Bound™ compresses 2-3x less so it won’t deform over time.

‘A’-Wrap

Wrapping the midfoot, this innovative design offers a snug fit for necessary control. Customers will experience a natural, roomy toe environment and a better, more comfortable run.

SeeNoSeam™

Found in select Altra shoes, this comfortable, advanced stitching allows the foot to rest against a smooth surface with no seams.

StoneGuard™

Sandwiched near the foot, between the A-Bound™ and the midsole, the StoneGuard™offers flexible protection. This multi-sectional layer deflects rocks into the midsole for a smoother, more stable ride.

Asymmetric Lacing

Following the volume heights of the foot, this lacing system improves the fit and natural flex zones in the shoe for a better fit and fewer pressure points.

HeelClaw™

Fitting snuggly around the calcaneus, this unique design offers a more comfortable fit without the traditional, stiff heel counter found in other performance shoes.

TrailRudder™

Stay in control on any steep descent with this throwback feature. It’s a graceful nod to the very first trail running shoes.

Altra Outsoles

BareSole™

Maximize proprioception with this minimalist sole. Crafted from siped performance rubber, this thin sole layer measures 3.4 mm.

TrailClaw™ Outsole

This outsole positions the strongest canted lug traction directly beneath the met heads with follow up ‘claws’ positioned near the front of the shoe. The combination of the unique uphill and downhill traction in combination with sticky rubber makes the TrailClaw™ Outsole a beast in any trail condition.

FootPod™ Outsole

For maximum flex and responsiveness, this outsole maps the bones and tendons of the human foot. With canted lugs mapping your foot, this unique outsole provides a natural, all-purpose traction system for a variety of surfaces from road to treadmill to dirt paths.

Fit & Feel

Having a properly fitting running shoe goes a long way when you are running long distances. This is why we engineered our footwear the way that we did. It is imperative to have a proper fit for your feet to run as natural as they are able. When going around barefoot there is no constraint on the foot. The toes splay, the foot relaxes and more power is put into the muscles.

To maximize the benefits of Altra Footwear, we encourage you to follow these fitting suggestions:

  1. Please allow at least ½ inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  2. Your Zero Drop™ Footwear should feel as relaxed and natural as possible.
  3. If the fit is correct, it may feel “too loose” around your toes and may take a day or two for your feet to get used to spreading out.
  4. Fitting this way will allow your feet to become more STABLE, more COMFORTABLE, and more POWERFUL.

By following proper fit and footwear, you let your body do what it is naturally inclined to do. There is no need for additional stability, supports, airs, gels, shocks, or the other. You then have a running experience that will reduce injury while running longer and further.

Altra Outsoles

TrailClaw™ Outsole

This outsole positions the strongest canted lug traction directly beneath the met heads with follow up ‘claws’ positioned near the front of the shoe. The combination of the unique uphill and downhill traction in combination with sticky rubber makes the TrailClaw™ Outsole a beast in any trail condition.

FootPod™ Outsole

For maximum flex and responsiveness, this outsole maps the bones and tendons of the human foot. With canted lugs mapping your foot, this unique outsole provides a natural, all-purpose traction system for a variety of surfaces from road to treadmill to dirt paths.

Altra Alternate Lacing

Alternate LacingFor runners with a wider forefoot, or those just looking for more space for their feet to relax, we’re sharing our customer preferred and personal favorite lacing system. This unique system allows the forefoot to expand and breathe while securing the heel and preventing “lace creep.”

  1. Start by running the lace straight across the bottom, over the tongue and downward into the shoe. Make sure both sides of the remaining lace are equal.
  2. Without crossing, skip under to the second set of holes, then over to the third set of holes.
  3. From the third holes to the fourth holes, cross the laces over the top of each other and insert downward into the holes on the opposite side. Continue this crossing technique until you reach the second-to-last set of holes.
  4. String the lace into the last holes upward from underneath. Create a small loop with each end by threading the lace back into the same hole.
  5. Slide the remaining lace from the opposite side into the hole.

Alternate Lacing

 

Specs

  • Weight:  9.6 oz. / 272 g
  • Insole:  6 mm Contour Footbed
  • Platform:  Fully Cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box
  • Stack Height:  21mm
  • Midsole:  EVA / A-Bound™ Blend with InnerFlex™
  • Outsole:  DuraTread™ Rubber with TrailClaw™
  • Upper:  Quick-Dry Air Mesh

Size Chart

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